: :inin Kyiv (EET)

President Putin opens rail bridge connecting Russia and Crimea

Monitoring Desk

MOSCOW: Russian
President Vladimir Putin opened a controversial new bridge on Monday crossing a
strait from mainland Russia to Russian-occupied Crimea.

Putin’s trip across the
bridge launched rail traffic on the bridge, with the first passenger train from
Saint Petersburg to Sevastopol — Crimea’s largest city — set to cross this

Ukraine, the EU, and
the U.S. have all condemned the 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge connecting Russia
to a peninsula they say is under illegal occupation.

The bridge, the longest
bridge in Europe and Russia, crosses the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, and
includes a motorway section opened last year.

In 2014 Russia annexed
Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula after a …read more

Source:: The Frontier Post


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